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Welcome to Hollybush Conservation Centre

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Hollybush is a busy centre and most of our staff are out during the day delivering projects and supporting volunteers. This leaves limited staff cover in the office and we are not always able to answer the phone as much as we would like to. We therefore ask that general phone enquiries and referrals are made Mon-Fri from 11am-2pm where possible, and TCV will aim to have a staff member available to help you. Please note even in this window the person on duty may be dealing with a caller to the building or another phone call. Whenever your call is not answered, please do leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your consideration and patience, we really do want to talk to you about volunteering at TCV Hollybush!

Easter At Hollybush - Tues 7th-Fri 17th April

Activities for kids, young people and families! Tea, cake and lunch in our cafe!

Tuesday 7th and Tuesday 14th
Exciting new activities! Wild Goose will be on site doing Forest School sessions, age 14+. Please book here!

Monday 13th
SCRAP are coming to Hollybush! Natural arts and crafts workshops for kids and families. Please book here!

Wednesday-Friday – both weeks
Self-guided Spring Animals nature trail in the Wildlife Garden, included drink and Easter biscuit for £1.50 per child! Adults free.

Wednesday-Friday – both weeks
Crafty Cafe – 10:30-2:30pm. Craft activities for kids and families available all day. £2 per child, includes drink and biscuit!

Special Offer: Do the Nature Trail and come to Crafty Cafe on the same day for £3.00 per child, includes drink and biscuit! Adults free.

Action Squad Program

TCV will be running the Action Squad Program which involves two days of practical conservation tasks, including habitat management and creation, woodland management and improvement and the reclamation of urban green space!

Various tasks will be offered with a choice of two. The task changes daily and offers a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers that wish to improve their community and have an interest in conservation.

All you need is your lunch, TCV can provide all personal protective equipment and will reimburse your travel expenses. The Action Squad Program is also highly flexible to accommodate your needs and dramatically improves your CV.

Please contact alex@ncvys.org.uk or visit https://actionsquadacademy.org.uk/ for more information!

Volunteering at Hollybush

Now recruiting for Volunteer Officers!

Hollybush Conservation Centre is home to The Conservation Volunteers in Leeds.

You can volunteer with Hollybush every day of the week if you like. There is always something going on, whether its going out with one of our practical teams (Tuesday to Friday every week) to do some hands-on conservation work, supporting our students on the gardening course or helping around the gardens at Hollybush.

Come along, join us! You don’t need green fingers to volunteer and help improve local green spaces! Get your (old) woolly jumper on and join in!



TASKS this week :-)

Tuesday 14th April.

1. Dewsbury Country Park, learn how to plant trees in reclaimed land, that will one day be the largest woodland in West Yorkshire.

2. Brock Holes, help build a sandstone footpath in a picturesque town in the heart of Huddersfield.


Wednesday 15th April.

  1. Dewsbury Country Park, help plant trees in the sweeping hills of the reclaimed land.
  2. Brock Holes, further work on the sandstone footpath in the picturesque town.


Thursday 16th April.  

  1. Dewsbury Country Park, continue to plant trees to create future woodland.
  2. Brock Holes, further work on the sandstone footpath.

Friday 17th April.   

 Hirst Wood: Working near the historic town of Saltaire to continue work on a new nature reserve. Work includes path project, finishing off work on an amphitheatre and landscaping.

All you need is a packed lunch and suitable clothing! Wrap up warm, come along to Hollybush for 9am to complete a form and have a cuppa before our daily briefing... then go out with us on a minibus to one of the above projects.

See you soon!

How to find us

We undertake a wide range of conservation activities and provide lots of opportunities for volunteers. Hollybush has a unique atmosphere. Our work standards are high but we have a relaxed and sociable approach which makes this a great place to be. Why not join us and discover it for yourself?

Contact our volunteer coordinator Jess to find out how you can get involved today.

What's in it for you?

  • Personal development
  • A stepping stone to a career in the environment sector
  • Learn practical skills
  • Gain experience in volunteer co-ordination and project management
  • Receiving formal training through our training programmes

More information about volunteering